The tycoon Richard Branson Successfully Completes Space Flight With Virgin Galactic Crew. Branson became the first person to blast off in his own spaceship, beating Bezos by nine days. Richard Branson flies to space with India-born Sirisha Bandla on Virgin Galactic flight. British billionaire Richard Branson took a flight to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 flight on Sunday. Branson is a billionaire, philanthropist, business tycoon who is friends with former US President Barack Obama. He has close ties to the British royal family, Sir Richard Branson has everything that one could imagine and 17 years ago he dreamed of becoming a space traveller. Branson became an astronaut ushering in a new era of private space tourism on July 11, 2021.
Branson boarding he enjoyed over three minutes of weightlessness in microgravity. He was accompanied by India-born Sirisha Bandla and four other passengers. Through this magnificent event Virgin Galactic defeated its rival Blue Origin led by former Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk SpaceX, which has largely carried astronauts to the International Space Station. The rocket-powered spacecraft was piloted by chief pilot David Mackay, a Scottish-born test pilot for the Royal Air Force, and chief flight instructor Michael Masucci. The other passengers include India-born Sirisha Bandla, vice president for Virgin Galactic government affairs, who became the fourth Indian to travel to space after Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawal, Indian American Sunita Williams. Chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, a former NASA engineer, was also onboard. “As a child, I wanted to go to space. When that did not look likely for my generation, I registered the name Virgin Galactic with the notion of creating a company that could make it happen,” Branson had said. The company is now set to open private space travel for tourists. While Virgin Galactic became the first privately-owned company to usher in the era of space tourism, it has had its share of failures, when in 2007 rocket motor test in California’s Desert left three workers dead, while in 2014 the rocket plane Enterprise broke apart during a test flight killing a pilot.